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How Long Will You Breastfeed Your Baby?

by Suzanne Murray on December 18, 2008 at 10:05 AM

I just watched a video about breastfeeding that channingsmom posted in the CafeMom Newcomers Club. It's about people's reactions to watching another video called "Breastfeeding from birth until two years and beyond." If you have time to watch it, here it is. Either way, keep reading.

I've also been hearing a lot of talk lately about women breastfeeding their children until they are toddlers—or even beyond.

Kelly Rutherford, one of the stars of Gossip Girl, just told Babyrazzi that she's still breastfeeding her two-year-old son Hermes. "It's an amazing bond with your child, she said. "Some cultures do it up to five years normally. I'll just do it as long as it feels right for my son."

Over in the Toddler Buzz, Cafe Cynthia has an interview with jellyphish, the owner of the Breastfeeding Toddlers/Preschoolers Group, about extended or full-term breastfeeding (feeding your baby until the age of two or beyond). She talks about the benefits of breastfeeding toddlers—and the biting! Check out what she has to say.

How long do you plan to breastfeed your baby?

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  • jayce...


    December 18, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    My daughter will nurse until she's ready to stop. She's 18 months and is showing no signs of stopping yet.

  • hillmom


    December 18, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    I saw the link to this at the bottom of a post in an AD so I though I would chime in even though my child is no longer a baby in our societies sense. My child is currently 19 months and when she was 6 months we decided to let her self wean thus following the practice of full-term nursing. We (my husband and I) made this decision for many reasons all based on medical research and anthropology studies.

    The bond I have with my child is amazing.... When  have to leave her to attend class I'm able to leave with out a fight because she knows that mommy will be back. The dose of oxytocin that  get (also called the mothering hormone and the happy hormone) helps to keep my stress level down even when my child is being a (age appropriate) monster! Full term nursing has smoothly gotten us through an emergency hip surgery, cutting 6 teeth (including all 4 first molars) and a case of the stomach flu! Couldn't imagine doing any other way!

  • muddy...


    December 18, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    This was a very touching video, however I don't know if that will be right for me.  I will cross that bridge when I come to it. 

    Realistically I hope to breastfeed as long as possible.

  • rina16


    December 18, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    My baby is also not a "baby" anymore. He is 17.5mo and still nurses about 8-10 times a day with now signs of stopping. That said he will nurse until he is ready to quit. I will not force my child to give up something that is so pure and natural and obviously good for them.

  • Moomie


    December 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    My boys nursed until they were 18 months and 2 years. We'll see how this one goes. He'll be done when he's done and I will NOT be pushing him.

  • Liz_24


    December 18, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    I want to nurse for a year, or whenever she's ready to stop. My son started losing interest around 9 months, but hopefully she will be up for it longer. If not, I'll probably pump until she's ready for whole milk.

  • Aemelia


    December 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    I nursed my oldest until he self weaned at 17 months.  I nursed my second child until he self weaned at 18 months.  I am still nursing my 29 ( nearly 2.5 years) month old daughter.  She nurses on demand but usually only 2 times a day.  I will allow her to self wean.

    My mother nursed me for 12 months.  My father was nursed for 3 years.  My MIL nursed each of her children for 7-8 months.  My family is so pro breastfeeding I have had nothing but positive support from day one and onward to today.  =)

  • s.teph


    December 18, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    My son is 18 months, and we have no plans of stopping any time soon! It's the one thing that comforts him any place, any time, it can't be lost, and it's always available. If it wasn't for nursing, I honestly think I would have lost my mind. It's the ONLY thing that puts him to sleep. It's beautiful and wonderful to bond with a child like this.. I wish everyone could experience it.

  • carltom


    December 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    I have four kids and each one of them breast fed differently.  my second daughter was on the breast for eighteen months and the third for a year. my son went for about nine months, as for the first I had to stop because I had to travel when she was two months I think it depends on the child and the mother.

  • Senae


    December 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    I plan to BF until my LO is ready to stop. If still nursing, I will probably encourage but not force weaning when he's around 2. I used to think BF past 1 year was odd, but I've seen it more and more lately & have learned it's completely natural and more frequently seen in other cultures. I'm all about doing what's natural and best for my baby!!

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